BBQ’d Rolling Pin - Cobblestone Roads
I have often hankered for a set of modular cobblestone road sections for use with my 28mm WW2 (Bolt Action) project. The visual effect of cobblestone adds a certain level of detail and intricacy to an urban tabletop, more so than gravel or paved roads. I prefer to scratch-build as much as possible, not only due to cost but also because I enjoy the creative process. With this in mind I embarked on a grand experiment to construct a set of modular cobblestone road sections in 28mm scale.
My first hurdle to overcome was how to mass produce a cobblestone pattern in an easy and affordable manner. I considered several options, including cutting small cobble shaped pieces of card and laying them like mosaic (far too effort intensive), scoring the pattern by hand into the base (would not look as nice, and too dangerous). I ultimately settled on finding a way of impressing a cobblestone pattern into a soft medium.
For my experiment I ended up choosing 1/8" office floor tiles. At $0.88 for a 12"x12" tile, this would be the most cost effective option. These tiles are easy to cut, using a box cutter to score a line and then simply breaking the tile carefully along the score.